The first group of students being sponsored by the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan to undertake short-term study in Vietnam this year has arrived in Hanoi.

More than 160 Australian students will study in Vietnam in 2015 under the new programme.

With support from the Hanoi University of Business and Technology and the Ho Chi Minh University of Architecture, the students from the Swinburne School of Design will have the opportunity to learn about Vietnamese culture and design by visiting some typical examples of local architecture and interior design, including the old quarter of Hanoi, the French quarter and new urban areas.

The New Colombo Plan is a 100-million AUD initiative to increase the number of Australians studying part of their degree in the region, to deepen their knowledge and understanding of Asia and build people-to-people ties.-VNA